History WesternAnimation / WoodyWoodpecker

19th Jul '16 4:18:35 AM Prinzenick
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Despite this setback, his theatrical serials are still fondly remembered by classic animation fans and he is still the official mascot of {{Universal}} Studios to this day.[[note]]Though the position was stolen from him by ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'''s Fievel from the late 1980s into the 1990s- he then seemed to have earned it back, only for [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the Minions]] to snatch it from him in the 2010s.[[/note]] While the series was in a state of hiatus since then, a new CG feature length Woody Woodpecker feature, made by the studio Illumination, is [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/illumination-developing-cg-woody-woodpecker.html stated to be in the works.]] And as of October 2013, animator Bill Kopp, the creator of such shows as WesternAnimation/EekTheCat, [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/bill-kopp-signed-for-universals-woody-woodpecker is helming the project as director!]]

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Despite this setback, his theatrical serials are still fondly remembered by classic animation fans and he is still the official mascot of {{Universal}} Studios to this day.[[note]]Though the position was stolen from him by ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'''s Fievel from the late 1980s into the 1990s- he then seemed to have earned it back, only for [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the Minions]] to snatch it from him in the 2010s.[[/note]] While the series was in a state of hiatus since then, a new CG feature length Woody Woodpecker feature, made by the studio Illumination, is [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/illumination-developing-cg-woody-woodpecker.html stated to be in the works.]] And as of October 2013, animator Bill Kopp, the creator of such shows as WesternAnimation/EekTheCat, [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/bill-kopp-signed-for-universals-woody-woodpecker is helming the project as director!]]
director!]] Universal is also working on a [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/universal-making-live-actioncg-woody-woodpecker-feature-brazilians-141553.html live action/CGI hybrid feature]], but currently it is only planned for a release in Brazil--it is unclear if its the final result of the original movie project or its a separate project altogether.
17th Jul '16 1:01:35 PM morenohijazo
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* BeakAttack: Woody uses his beak in much the same way real woodpeckers do, to peck on trees, but he's not above pecking the heads of adversaries just for the hell of it.
27th Jun '16 2:28:44 PM Prinzenick
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* AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks: The fox in the short ''The Loan Stranger''.

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* AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks: The fox LoanSharks: Woody encounters this in the short ''The Loan Stranger''.Stranger'', where his car crashes and goes kaput, so Woody manages to get a loan of one dollar from the nearby Sympathy Loan Company--but it later escalates to $365 in interest, not including the dollar he had yet to pay back. (justified, as Woody simply forgot to pay the loan back after 30 days.) The Loan Shark in question (who is a wolf[[note]]his species is an old visual shorthand for the phrase "wolf at your door"[[/note]]) tries everything in his power to get Woody to pay back the loan. Woody tricks him into calling off the loan when he thinks he smashed Woody's head--only for Woody to pop up and ask for a loan on his cuckoo clock, much to his chagrin.
27th Jun '16 8:28:08 AM Prinzenick
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You can find more info on the woodpecker on the [[http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/ Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.]]
27th Jun '16 8:25:07 AM Prinzenick
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Thankfully, many of the early theatrical Woody Woodpecker shorts up to the late 1950s have been compiled into a two-volume set of DVD collections called '''The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: The Walter Lantz Archive''' which also has several other Universal cartoon character shorts thrown in, including Andy Panda, Chilly Willy and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (the post-Disney shorts done by Walter Lantz, anyway). The [=DVDs=] are also reasonably priced, which is a great alternative to more expensive sets like "Walt Disney Treasures" and "Looney Tunes Golden Collection". And don't try to cut even more corners hoping to get one of those mediocre [[VanillaEdition public domain cartoon collections]] to get them. The only one of Woody's shorts you'll ever find in those is "Pantry Panic", which is the only Woody Woodpecker cartoon in the public domain to date.

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Thankfully, many Many of the early theatrical Woody Woodpecker shorts up to the late 1950s have been compiled into a two-volume set of DVD collections called '''The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: The Walter Lantz Archive''' which also has several includes shorts starring other Universal cartoon character shorts thrown in, including shorts, such as Andy Panda, Chilly Willy and Walter Lantz Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (the post-Disney shorts done by Walter Lantz, anyway). The [=DVDs=] are also reasonably priced, which is a great alternative to more expensive sets like "Walt Disney Treasures" and "Looney Tunes Golden Collection". And don't try to cut even more corners hoping to get cartoons. To date, exactl one of those mediocre [[VanillaEdition Woody Woodpecker short has fallen into the public domain cartoon collections]] to get them. The only one of Woody's shorts you'll ever find in those is domain, "Pantry Panic", which and it is the only Woody Woodpecker cartoon in the public domain to date.
considered a staple of many [[VanillaEdition bargain bin VHS and DVDs.]]
27th Jun '16 8:22:30 AM Prinzenick
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His character trademark has always been his [[AnnoyingLaugh unique, skull-splitting laugh]], supplied by legendary voice actor Creator/MelBlanc (and later, Lantz's own wife), which is up there with iconic sounds like the WilhelmScream and the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' theme, known and recognized even by people who haven't even seen any of the Woody Woodpecker cartoons.

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His character trademark has always been his [[AnnoyingLaugh unique, skull-splitting laugh]], supplied by legendary voice actor Creator/MelBlanc (and later, Lantz's own wife), wife, Grace Stafford), which is up there with iconic sounds like the WilhelmScream and the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' theme, known and recognized even by people who haven't even seen any of the Woody Woodpecker cartoons.
27th Jun '16 8:20:10 AM Prinzenick
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In 1999, Universal wanted to cash in the character again, so they put together an all-new show for Woody Woodpecker and his friends, called ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', animated by their in-house studio (most famous for ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}''), and aired on FoxKids until the block's demise in 2002. Woody was voiced by Creator/BillyWest, and the shorts actually had some top talents working on it, including former ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' staff members Bob Jaques and Mike Fontanelli. The show was rife with censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, as the former staff members can attest to. As a result, this revival was ultimately a failure (however the show still has its fan base), barely lasting around 50 episodes, some of which weren't even aired in the US (save for a brief release of the entire series on Netflix); currently, only 13 episodes were on Hulu, and almost none of the cartoons have seen a DVD release.

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In 1999, Universal wanted to cash in the character again, so they put together an all-new show for Woody Woodpecker and his friends, called ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', animated by their in-house studio (most famous for ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}''), and aired on FoxKids until the block's demise in 2002. Woody was voiced by Creator/BillyWest, and the shorts actually had some top talents working on it, including former ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' staff members Bob Jaques and Mike Fontanelli. The show was rife with censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, as the former staff members can attest to. As a result, this revival was ultimately a failure (however the show still has its fan base), barely lasting around 50 episodes, some of which weren't even aired in the US (save for a brief release of the entire series on Netflix); currently, only 13 episodes were are on Hulu, and almost none only one episode of the cartoons have seen a DVD release.
series has been released on DVD.
27th Jun '16 8:19:23 AM Prinzenick
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In 1999, Universal wanted to cash in the character again, so they put together an all-new show for Woody Woodpecker and his friends, called ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', animated by their in-house studio (most famous for ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}''), and aired on FoxKids until the block's demise in 2002. Woody was voiced by Creator/BillyWest, and the shorts actually had some top talents working on it, including former ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' staff members Bob Jaques and Mike Fontanelli. The show was rife with censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, as the former staff members can attest to. As a result, this revival was ultimately a failure (however the show still has its fan base), barely lasting around 50 episodes, some of which weren't even aired in the US (save for a brief release of the entire series on Netflix); prior to this, only 13 episodes were on Hulu (and that's still all there is).

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In 1999, Universal wanted to cash in the character again, so they put together an all-new show for Woody Woodpecker and his friends, called ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', animated by their in-house studio (most famous for ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}''), and aired on FoxKids until the block's demise in 2002. Woody was voiced by Creator/BillyWest, and the shorts actually had some top talents working on it, including former ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' staff members Bob Jaques and Mike Fontanelli. The show was rife with censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, as the former staff members can attest to. As a result, this revival was ultimately a failure (however the show still has its fan base), barely lasting around 50 episodes, some of which weren't even aired in the US (save for a brief release of the entire series on Netflix); prior to this, currently, only 13 episodes were on Hulu (and that's still all there is).
Hulu, and almost none of the cartoons have seen a DVD release.
27th Jun '16 8:18:26 AM Prinzenick
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In 1999, Universal wanted to cash in the character again, so they put together an all-new show for Woody Woodpecker and his friends, called ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', animated by their in-house studio (most famous for ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}''), and aired on FoxKids until the block's demise in 2002. Woody was voiced by Creator/BillyWest, and the shorts actually had some top talents working on it, including former ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' staff members Bob Jaques and Mike Fontanelli. The show was rife with censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, as the former staff members can attest to. As a result, this revival was ultimately a failure (however the show still has its fan base), barely lasting around 50 episodes, some of which weren't even aired in the US until entire series was on Netflix; prior to this, only 13 episodes were on Hulu (and that's still all there is). Netflix's rights expired in July 2015.

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In 1999, Universal wanted to cash in the character again, so they put together an all-new show for Woody Woodpecker and his friends, called ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show'', animated by their in-house studio (most famous for ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}''), and aired on FoxKids until the block's demise in 2002. Woody was voiced by Creator/BillyWest, and the shorts actually had some top talents working on it, including former ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' staff members Bob Jaques and Mike Fontanelli. The show was rife with censorship and ExecutiveMeddling, as the former staff members can attest to. As a result, this revival was ultimately a failure (however the show still has its fan base), barely lasting around 50 episodes, some of which weren't even aired in the US until (save for a brief release of the entire series was on Netflix; Netflix); prior to this, only 13 episodes were on Hulu (and that's still all there is). Netflix's rights expired in July 2015.
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26th Jun '16 11:07:29 AM Morgenthaler
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Despite this setback, his theatrical serials are still fondly remembered by classic animation fans and he is still the official mascot of {{Universal}} Studios to this day.[[note]]Though the position was stolen from him by ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'''s Fievel from the late 1980s into the 1990s- he then seemed to have earned it back, only for [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the Minions]] to snatch it from him in the 2010s.[[/note]] While the series was in a state of hiatus since then, a new CG feature length Woody Woodpecker feature, made by the studio Illumination, is [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/illumination-developing-cg-woody-woodpecker.html stated to be in the works.]] And as of October 2013, animator Bill Kopp, the creator of such shows as EekTheCat, [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/bill-kopp-signed-for-universals-woody-woodpecker is helming the project as director!]]

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Despite this setback, his theatrical serials are still fondly remembered by classic animation fans and he is still the official mascot of {{Universal}} Studios to this day.[[note]]Though the position was stolen from him by ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'''s Fievel from the late 1980s into the 1990s- he then seemed to have earned it back, only for [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe the Minions]] to snatch it from him in the 2010s.[[/note]] While the series was in a state of hiatus since then, a new CG feature length Woody Woodpecker feature, made by the studio Illumination, is [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/illumination-developing-cg-woody-woodpecker.html stated to be in the works.]] And as of October 2013, animator Bill Kopp, the creator of such shows as EekTheCat, WesternAnimation/EekTheCat, [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/bill-kopp-signed-for-universals-woody-woodpecker is helming the project as director!]]
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